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Friday, May 13, 2016

May is National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with an estimated 3,500,000 cases diagnosed each year. According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, it develops as an abnormal or uncontrolled growth of mutated cells of skin, typically in the top layer known as the epidermis. Skin cancer may initially appear as a bump or irregular patch on the skin. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

The month of May is National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that “everyone practice monthly head-to-toe self examination of their skin, so that they can find any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous.” It’s also recommended to visit your local dermatologist to get a skin cancer screening.

The Melanoma Research Foundation is encouraging people to #GetNaked to "raise awareness about melanoma and the importance of being proactive” when it comes to skin cancer. Additionally, The ABCDEs of Melanoma post is helpful in catching these cancers early.

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